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  1. #1
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    Feb 2010

    detain vs delay

    what are the differences between detain and delay? (using conditions of each one)

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    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
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    Re: detain vs delay

    To detain is an authority figure preventing you from leaving.

    To delay is to impose a wait for some reason.

    The airline can delay my departure. The airport security can detain me for trying to carry a forbidden item through the security screening.

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